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IN BRIEF - Berta Contreras is a new Managing Director of Benchmark in Chile

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Benchmark Genetics Chile is pleased to announce that effective September 18, 2023, Berta Contreras Mutis has assumed the role of General Manager, succeeding Pablo Mazo, who has transitioned to the position of Performance and Documentation Manager at Benchmark Genetics in Norway.

Berta Contreras Mutis, a marine chemist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with an MBA from Universidad del Desarrollo, has a long history within the Chilean salmon industry. Her previous roles encompass Technical Manager and Corporate Affairs Manager at Marine Harvest Chile (now Mowi Chile), Managing Partner at Conecta Spa, and, more recently, Technical Manager and Research and Development at Cermaq Chile.

Bertha Contreras is taking over the responsibility from Pablo Mazo who is now starting a new career path in Norway as Performance and Documentation Manager in the global salmon production team.[...]

Source: Benchmark

IN BRIEF - Ancient deep-sea vampire squid found clutching its last prey after 183 million years is new species, study reveals

Monday, March 04, 2024

A NEW species of vampire squid has been discovered after researchers found its 183 million-year-old fossil clutching its last meal.

The vampire squid was likely distracted by hunting its prey, a mistake that resulted in its death.

The fossil was found in 2022 by German researchers, who found the fossil in Bascharage, Luxembourg.

The fossil is incredibly preserved, not only showing the vampire squid but also its prey: two little fish in its grasp, per Science Alert.

Researchers found that the squid had suffocated to death.

They theorized that it likely drifted into an area with no oxygen in the ocean while on its hunt, resulting in its death.

The squid couldn't even enjoy its last meal, with the fossil holding on to the fully preserved fish.

The fossil contained the structures of soft tissue and plenty of details, which allowed researchers to learn that they'd found an undiscovered species.

They named it Simoniteuthis michaelyi and published their findings in the Swiss Journal of Paleontology. [...]

Author/source: M.A. Loreto | The Sun US

IN BRIEF - Hundreds of thousands of juvenile Chinook salmon die in Klamath River while moving through dam

Monday, March 04, 2024

Approximately 830,000 fall-run Chinook salmon fry are believed to have died while passing through the lowest dam on the Klamath River over the past week.

Hundreds of thousands of juvenile salmon are believed to have died over the past week after being released into the Klamath River from the Fall Creek Fish Hatchery on Monday, Feb. 26, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Fall Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River.

The fish were believed to have been killed as a result of gas bubble disease while passing through a tunnel at the base of Iron Gate Dam, the lowest of four dams being removed on the river. The Chinook salmon fry died according to monitoring data downstream of the dam.

Gas bubble disease occurs because of “environmental or physical trauma often associated with severe pressure change,” according to a March 2 press release from CDFW. The agency said the mortality does not appear to be related to turbidity or dissolved oxygen water quality conditions in the river, brought on by decades of sediment washing downstream after the dams were breached. Both turbidity and dissolved oxygen were recorded at “suitable levels” before the fish were released. Other healthy coho and Chinook salmon were documented downstream of the dam, the agency said.[...]

Author/source: Erik Neumann | Jefferson Public Radio

IN BRIEF - New salmon study adds to evidence that pink salmon could be crowding out sockeye

Monday, March 04, 2024

A new analysis of nearly 25,000 fish scales offers more evidence that the millions of pink salmon churned out by Alaska fish hatcheries could be harming wild sockeye salmon populations when they meet in the ocean, according to the scientists who authored the study.

The new peer-reviewed paper, published this week in the ICES Journal of Marine Science, analyzed growth rates that could be deduced from the fish scales, similar to trees’ yearly growth rings.

The paper was built on a unique aspect of the life cycle of pink salmon, which are primarily targeted by commercial fishermen: Their abundance is high in odd-numbered years, and lower in even-numbered years. Those booms and busts allowed authors Peter Rand and Gregory Ruggerone to tease out whether sockeye salmon — which are more highly valued by sport and personal use fishermen — were growing at lower rates during odd years, when pink salmon are more numerous.

Their analysis showed that was the case across the Gulf of Alaska — a dynamic that Rand and Ruggerone describe as a “zero-sum game” between the two species. It found that yearly growth of sockeye was depressed by as much as 17% at times when pink salmon abundance was high.[...]

Author/source:Nathaniel Herz - Northern Journal

IN BRIEF - Prefecture again detected the Portuguese vessel Calvão fishing illegally

Monday, March 04, 2024

Specialized personnel from the Argentine Naval Prefecture (Coast Guard) detected the Calvão fishing vessel, flagged Portugal, which would be fishing illegally within the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone, in a clear violation of Law No. 24,922 “Federal Fisheries Regime.”
The incident occurred when members of the Force's Maritime, River and Lake Traffic Directorate warned, through the Coast Guard System, of a modern and innovative comprehensive electronic surveillance system applied to the control and surveillance of the sea, to the aforementioned vessel within the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone (which reaches up to 200 nautical miles).
By carrying out a detailed analysis of the ship's movements through the aforementioned system, whose features allow obtaining, from a single platform, all the available information related to the movements, technical and administrative data of the ships that are sailing around the world, it was noted that during its defeat it circulated at a speed of less than six knots within the maritime spaces under national jurisdiction.
In this sense, from the analysis it can be seen that the vessel reduced its speed to 6.1 nautical miles within the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone, maintaining its speed below six knots, compatible with fishing tasks, without any recorded hydrometeorological conditions that led to the need to take shelter in the area.

IN BRIEF - Edition of its international competition 'CHEF BALFEGÓ 2024'

Monday, March 04, 2024

  • The competition, which already has chefs from Spain, Italy, Germany and Portugal, joins those from the economic region that includes Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
  • Registration, which is done online, will be open until March 15 for active chefs from those countries who work with Balfegó bluefin tuna.
Madrid - Balfegó, company specialized in fishing, aquaculture and bluefin tuna trade, adds Benelux to its list of countries invited to 'Chef Balfegó', its international gastronomy competition that celebrates its seventh edition this year.
The contest, which has already been a springboard for two Michelin stars throughout its history, will feature this year with the participation of chefs from Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the Benelux, the economic union of Belgium, the Netherlands. and Luxembourg, which this year will be the invited region.
With its seventh edition, Balfegó consolidates the contest in the gastronomic scene of our country and with the peculiarity of revolving exclusively around the haute cuisine of bluefin tuna as a base product.
The registration period for participants closes on March 15 and the grand final, in which four Spanish chefs and one from each of the aforementioned countries will participate, will be on October 24 at the facilities of the school of LE CORDON BLEU kitchen from Madrid.

Other media | Fishfarmingexpert: Atlantic Sapphire raises £27.5m in private placement

Friday, March 01, 2024

Florida land-based salmon farmer Atlantic Sapphire has raised NOK 369 million (£27.5m / US $34.8m) in a private placement of more than 307 million new shares at a price of NOK 1.20.

The company said problems with gender maturation leading to poorer price achievement meant that it needed more money and prompted the share issue.

Existing investors who bought new shares included Norwegian salmon farmer Nordlaks, which was awarded shares equivalent to a total subscription amount of almost NOK 52.2m.

Source: Fishfarmingexpert | Read the full article here

Other Media | EuropaAzul: The Cantabrian fleet has hopes of completing a good anchovy coastal

Friday, March 01, 2024

The Cantabrian fleet hopes to complete a good anchovy coastal campaign, the official start of which is March 1. The good recruitments in recent years have made possible the highest quota in 18 years, with a total of 31,614 tons for Spain, 1,432 more than in 2023, according to the note published this Thursday in the Official State Gazette. It is the largest figure that Spain will have at its disposal and from which our farms will benefit, since the Basque fleet is the largest anchovy fleet in the Cantabrian Sea, and the one that fishes the most, and wants to take advantage of the increase in the Spanish quota. to improve the numbers of previous years.

Source: EuropaAzul | Read the full article here

Other Media | Industrias Pesqueras: Greenpeace urges Spain to ratify the Oceans Treaty one year after its adoption

Friday, March 01, 2024

Greenpeace underlines the "urgent need" for more governments, including the Spanish one, to ratify the Global Ocean Treaty, which will turn one year old next Monday, March 4. So far, it has only been ratified by two countries (Chile and Palau).

Known as the Agreement on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdictions (BBNJ), the treaty has been signed by 87 countries since it opened for signature in September last year.

Source: Industrias Pesqueras | Read the full article here

Other Media | FishFarmer: Mowi processing plant upgrade nears completion

Friday, March 01, 2024

Salmon producer Mowi and food processing systems business Marel are putting the final touches on Mowi Scotland’s Fort William processing plant upgrade. The project includes the installation of state-of-the-art food processing and packaging systems.

When complete the upgrade will enable the facility to process and pack 200 fish per minute and increase plant capacity to more than 80,000 tonnes annually. 

Scott Nolan, Mowi’s Sales and Operations Director (UK, Ireland, Faroes & Iceland), said: “With salmon being the UK’s largest agricultural export and 40 per cent of this production going through our plant in Fort William

Source: FishFarmer | read the full article here

Other Media | FishFocus: Sigmund Bjørgo returns to the Norwegian Seafood Council

Friday, March 01, 2024

Sigmund Bjørgo returns to the Norwegian Seafood Council – rejoins as Country Director to China.  “Sigmund Bjørgo is strategically strong and has in-depth knowledge of both the seafood industry and the Chinese market. He has previously served in the same position in China and has done a remarkable job for us for many years, so we are extremely pleased to have him back.” says Director of Global Operations at the Norwegian Seafood Council, Børge Grønbech.

Worked with the Seafood Council in China for seven years. Sigmund Bjørgo was hired by the Norwegian Seafood Council for the first time in 2011. 

Source: FishFocus | read the full article here

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